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U.S. extradites former Chihuahua governor back to Mexico

Mexico City, Mexico — The former governor of Chihuahua has been extradited back to Mexico. In a briefing, the Attorney General of the State (FGE) of Chihuahua reported that César Duarte was returned to Mexico to face charges.

Durate landed at Mexico City International around 3:00 p.m. Thursday from a Miami flight. He was returned to Mexico after an injunction was issued by a local judge in October 2019 for the crimes of embezzlement and criminal association.

Personnel from the State Investigation Agency traveled to the country’s capital to execute the court order issued on October 8, 2019. Durate has since been transferred to the City of Chihuahua.

According to the FGE, Durate is being charged for events attributed to him, which occurred between 2011 and 2014, when he allegedly carried out various operations through the Government of the State of Chihuahua in excess of one hundred million peso.

“We will have to finalize the extradition of the former governor and I celebrate that in this way, the judicial process can be carried out in Mexico so that justice is done. That justice that they promised us we will finally make a reality,” said the current governor of Chihuahua, María Eugenia Campos Galván on Thursday.

Federal judge, Lauren F. Louis, of the Court of the Southern District of Florida, ruled that there are probable indications that Duarte embezzled public funds from Chihuahua for personal purposes including the payment of his own credit cards.

The investigation against him mentions that he allegedly diverted millions in public resources to two companies, Unión Ganadera Regional General División del Norte and Financiera de la División del Norte, both of which have been linked to him.